Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Mitcham Council
Polygon Type D - item has been digitised (generally because it doesn't exist in a DCDB parcel, eg. bridge
Details (Known As) Colonel Light Gardens State Heritage Area
Registered Name
Significance The suburb of Colonel Light Gardens is significant for the following reasons. It exemplifies the theories of town planning of the early 20th century based on the Garden City concept, and is considered the most complete and representative example of a Garden Suburb in Australia, combining both town planning, aesthetic and social elements into coherent plan. The public and private spaces of the suburb meld to create a distinctive three-dimensional suburban design. It represents the best work of Charles C. Reade, who was the first appointed Town Planner in Australia and South Australian Government Planner from 1916-1920. Reade was the leading exponent of the Garden City Movement to practise in Australia. It is the repository of the majority of houses built under the mass housing programme of the Labor Government of the 1920s known as the Thousand Homes Scheme and became the area identified with the Scheme. International visitors were taken to view the housing developments at Colonel Light Gardens during the 1920s. It contains a homogeneous style of residential architecture representing the particular workingman's house idiom of the mid 1920s, developed from the Californian Bungalow design. It is the embodiment of other, more ephemeral social concepts of the 1920s such as 'post war reconstruction', 'homes for returned soldiers' and 'community spirit and self help' which led to the creation and development of a community. (Extracted from' Colonel Light Gardens Conservation Study', July 1989: Bechervaise and Associates Pty Ltd in association with McDougall & Vines).
Subject Index
Class State Her Area
Status Code AAU - State Heritage Area Authorised (Development Act 1993)
Status Date 04-MAY-2000
State Heritage ID 11597
Heritage Number 27555
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information


While due care has been taken to ensure that the SA Heritage Places Database accurately reflects the South Australian Heritage Register and listings of Local Heritage Places in Development Plans, the State of South Australia does not accept liability for the use of the SA Heritage Database for any purpose. Users should consult the Department for Environment and Water - Heritage South Australia to confirm the listing of State Heritage Places and the relevant Development Plan for Local Heritage Places/Contributory Items.

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GIS files

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